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Stoking the flames

Today I wish to comment upon the news from Bristol yesterday that England cricketer Ben Stokes had been found not guilty of affray after a seven-day trial and before doing so feel it necessary to begin with a few scatter-gun points. Firstly, of course, every man is innocent unless and until proven [...]

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

When you’ve got it, you’ve still got it!

Arguably there’s a metaphorical spectrum in terms of ageing and self-awareness along which all of us over a certain age – let’s set it at fifty for these purposes, after all that’s when the Saga organisation begins sending you unsolicited mail inviting you to consider the benefits of their [...]

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things never change

From time to time we all ponder the mysteries of mortality, the purpose of life and indeed what’s it all about, Alfie? Overnight I spotted this piece by John Lister using the occasion of Madonna reaching her 60th birthday to salute those female musicians/artistes past the first flush of youth [...]

August 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

The beginning of a bright new dawn

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the past couple of days thinking through the implications of recent media reports referenced by Rust columnists suggesting that the recent spate of forest wildfires in Portugal and California and the current all-out drought destroying the farming industry [...]

August 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Experience teaches you something but I don’t know what it is

It is a supposed burden of having been Winston Churchill – an eminently quotable gentleman – that there exists an entire sub-Churchillian industry in which ‘catchy’ things he didn’t ever actually say are ascribed to his authorship and/or improvisation and thus gain widespread currency on [...]

August 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Perhaps a case of not what you do, but what you are

My text for today is a piece by David Barnett upon the process of writing (and specifically ‘writing advice’) that appeared recently – see here for the link – upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT It’s a worthy read because it has plenty to say, it’s humble and honest and it details [...]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

A bad day at the coast.

When I retired from my life in commerce some 7 years ago and moved down to the coast some 4 years ago, I had hoped that “a bad  day in the office’, when through no fault of one’s own matters spiral out of control in a horrible downward vortex, was a thing of the past. Not so and yesterday [...]

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Towards an uncertain future

For those of us either declining into old age in a state of semi-delirium – glad if not relieved and relaxed that the endless march of technology is gradually leaving us behind – or perhaps concerned that all notions of human society order, beliefs and norms are being summarily [...]

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pre-season and some armchair watching

We rugby union fans are now in the annual ‘Phoney war’ period before anything actually happens. Thus the (rugby) media is full of little ‘puff’ pieces from every last Tom, Dick and Harry detailing how their poor form last season was due entirely to a long term niggle but happily – this [...]

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gay Pride/single status /Battle of Britain

Yesterday was a popular event in the Brighton calendar – “Gay Pride” – when some 2% of the total annual visitors descend on Brighton for the Parade that goes from Hove Lawns to Preston Park. The revellers normally finish up in Kemp Town and more than a few in the bushes of Duke’s [...]

August 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

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